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Thoughts on Thinking Blog

Emotional Intelligence starts with Toddler Tantrums and You

Science shows us how to teach our children out of their tantrums with long lasting effects

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Our toddler’s stress hormones first become visible to us when they are around 18 months to 2 years old. Exactly when the dreaded tantrums start.  Every tantrum feels like the end of the world to them but it really is the beginning of a very important phase of their life. 

How they learn to deal with stress now sets the foundation for their ability to deal with what life throws at them later on. Click here to read more...


3 Lessons from Neuroscience to Brainstorm Better, Way Better

Brainstorming is broken but neuroscience knows how to fix it. The brief for a new project is in and your team is gathered for a brainstorming session. Everyone puts their thinking caps on and the idea free flow begins. After two hours of caffeine and cold pizza, someone comes up with a brilliant suggestion. The team loves it and you all work out who needs to do what to make it happen. That’s how brainstorming works for you too, right? Easy, creative, with breakthrough ideas? No? I didn’t think so because brainstorming seldom works as advertised. Click here for some scientific ways of improving your team's brainstorming efforts. 


What your child learns before going to kindergarten has the greatest impact on his intelligence in later life. 

Everyone’s intellectual potential is set in infancy, at home, before they even get to school. Do you know how to build your baby’s brain during the most crucial period of cognitive development from birth to 3 years? Here are some tips from the Raising Thinkers Series out in December 2014. 


Summer holidays are hurtling towards us along with beaches, bbq’s and bored children. You probably already know that school test scores drop significantly over the summer months. Teachers will reteach much of what was already covered before the long break. But you also know that your kids need a break from the stress of formal school work, and so do you. This makes it the perfect time to sneak in some brain games to raise your children’s awareness of their own thinking and their ability to separate fact from opinion. To get them thinking about thinking without thinking that they are.  Let your teens and tweens try some of these mind stretchers before they clock up yet  another hour of Minecraft or Mad Zombie Killing Spree 5 on the X-Box.

Summer holidays are hurtling towards us along with beaches, bbq’s and bored children. You probably already know that school test scores drop significantly over the summer months. Teachers will reteach much of what was already covered before the long break. But you also know that your kids need a break from the stress of formal school work, and so do you. This makes it the perfect time to sneak in some brain games to raise your children’s awareness of their own thinking and their ability to separate fact from opinion. To get them thinking about thinking without thinking that they are. 

Let your teens and tweens try some of these mind stretchers before they clock up yet 

another hour of Minecraft or Mad Zombie Killing Spree 5 on the X-Box.


May 2014 -  When last did you check your emotions? Dare To Take The EI Test? This is my most popular ‘just for fun’ test that really gives you something to think about. If you are still hanging on to the belief that EI is optional or fluffy, think again, quickly. The hormones that regulate our emotional state have the potential to cause havoc with our ability to process data and make sound decisions. Take it here...

May 2014 - 

When last did you check your emotions? Dare To Take The EI Test?

This is my most popular ‘just for fun’ test that really gives you something to think about. If you are still hanging on to the belief that EI is optional or fluffy, think again, quickly. The hormones that regulate our emotional state have the potential to cause havoc with our ability to process data and make sound decisions. Take it here...

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April 2014 - What employers require from new recruits today is changing. Grades are becoming less important. So what will our children need to get the best jobs tomorrow? It’s easier to get into Harvard than Google. Your or your child’s odds of getting to work at one of the world’s most desirable employers with the all-you-can-eat-for-free organic deli at the Googleplex and its many miniplexes around the world, are 1 in 130.  The odds of getting into one of the most hallowed academic institutions known to our generation, Harvard, are a mere 1 in 14. Google gets over 1 million job applicants a year and employes 0.4% to 0.5% of them. Their internship is 2600% oversubscribed.  It must be the free lunches! But if you thought that the gatekeepers to the Kingdom screen CV's for the next genius among us. Think again. read more...

April 2014 - What employers require from new recruits today is changing.

Grades are becoming less important. So what will our children need to get the best jobs tomorrow?

It’s easier to get into Harvard than Google. Your or your child’s odds of getting to work at one of the world’s most desirable employers with the all-you-can-eat-for-free organic deli at the Googleplex and its many miniplexes around the world, are 1 in 130.  The odds of getting into one of the most hallowed academic institutions known to our generation, Harvard, are a mere 1 in 14. Google gets over 1 million job applicants a year and employes 0.4% to 0.5% of them. Their internship is 2600% oversubscribed.  It must be the free lunches! But if you thought that the gatekeepers to the Kingdom screen CV's for the next genius among us. Think again. read more...


April 2014 - A poster to use with your pretween. Discuss the conventional wisdoms that they find in the playground or socially. What are the beliefs they are taking on just because everybody thinks so? Enjoy

April 2014 - A poster to use with your pretween. Discuss the conventional wisdoms that they find in the playground or socially. What are the beliefs they are taking on just because everybody thinks so? Enjoy

March 2014  Operation Parenthood: How Do We Prepare Our Children For A Future That Doesn’t Yet Exist?  ~Based on the book Raising Thinkers, available soon. It’s no secret that we are preparing our dimpled darlings for jobs that don’t yet exist. By their very nature we cannot yet conceive of these unknowable jobs of the future, just as our parents could not have imagined us becoming a bitcoin trader at a hedge fund on Wall Street. (If you haven’t had a teenager explain bitcoin mining to you yet, I highly recommend it. It’ll stretch your mind and make you feel ancient all at the same time.) Read more...

March 2014 

Operation Parenthood: How Do We Prepare Our Children For A Future That Doesn’t Yet Exist? 

~Based on the book Raising Thinkers, available soon.

It’s no secret that we are preparing our dimpled darlings for jobs that don’t yet exist. By their very nature we cannot yet conceive of these unknowable jobs of the future, just as our parents could not have imagined us becoming a bitcoin trader at a hedge fund on Wall Street. (If you haven’t had a teenager explain bitcoin mining to you yet, I highly recommend it. It’ll stretch your mind and make you feel ancient all at the same time.) Read more...